The ACCUPLACER Placement Test helps new students determine their skill levels in the areas of English and math. All entering students are required to test in each area unless they meet the exemptions. The placement test takes one and a half hours to complete and is given Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday’s from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on a walk-in basis.  For more information, please call Testing Services at (575) 624‑7227 or (575) 624-7183 or (575) 624-7258.

Students with at least an associate degree are exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER Placement Test. To correctly place the student, the ACCUPLACER Placement Test must have been taken within the last three years. Student-requested testing is limited to twice during an academic year. The assistant vice president responsible for the unit may approve additional retesting. Students seeking a certain certificate are not required to take the placement test. Please see program requirements for testing information.

Transfer students who have not earned at least an associate degree may be exempt from individual areas of the ACCUPLACER Placement Test if they meet any of the following:

  • English (Essay)
  • Transfer equivalent courses
  • Transfer 15 credit hours or more – with a GPA of at least 2.5 AND – a college-level English course with a grade of C or better.
  • Transfer 30 credit hours or more – with a GPA of at least 2.0 AND – a college-level English course with a grade of C or better
  • Math
  • Transfer equivalent math credit
  • Applied/technical math credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Part-time, non-degree-seeking students need not take the placement test unless they are enrolling in a class where English, math, or reading is a prerequisite. If a student changes to a full-time or degree-seeking status, they must take the placement test at that time. No student will be awarded a certificate or an associate degree without achieving the required level of university skills.

NOTE: If a student has completed more than one set of ACT or SAT tests, the highest score will be used to determine the student’s exemption from placement testing.